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Many thanks to Krista Ottino for this picture. It shows their grandfather posing on a motorcycle they believe was taken between 1910-1920 in Iowa, USA. I’m sure you will agree it is a great picture!

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  • Year: 1913
  • Decade: 1900s
  • Machine Type: Road

4 Responses to “1913 Racycle”

  1. Is it a Gradua perhaps?

  2. Is it a RUDGE??

  3. Yes it is a nice photo. The bike is a Racycle, and despite its antiquated looks it dates from about 1913. At this time the Racycle was marketed alongside the more famous Flying Merkel.

  4. WAYNE DOYLE on May 23, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    THE RACYCLE MOTORCYCLE WAS PRODUCED BY THE MIAMI CYCLE & MFG CO OF MIDDLETOWN, OHIO. EARLY ONES HAD MOTORS BOUGHT FROM THOR. THE RACYCLE DESIGN WAS DROPPED WHEN MIAMI CYCLE BOUGHT THE MERKEL-LIGHT MOTOR CO OF POTTSTOWN, PA IN 1911. WITH THAT PURCHASE, THEY ACQUIRED THE DESIGN EXPERTISE OF JOE MERKEL, HIS MOTORCYCLE DESIGNS WERE FAR MORE ADVANCED THAN WHAT MIAMI CYCLE WAS PRODUCING UP TO THAT TIME. THE RACYCLE MOTORCYCLE NAME WAS DROPPED AROUND THAT TIME TO FOCUS ON PRODUCTION OF THE FAMOUS “FLYING MERKEL”. THEREFORE, THE M/C IN THE PICTURE COULDN’T BE ANY NEWER THAN 1911/1912. THE RACYCLE NAME WAS USED ON BICYCLES PRODUCED BY MIAMI CYCLE UP UNTIL THEIR DEMISE IN 1923. I HAVE ONE OF THE RACYCLE BICYCLES.

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